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Time shows wisdom of letting some wilderness fires roam freely

Author(s): Dave Campbell, Robert W. Mutch
Year Published: 2016

In August of 1972, the small Bad Luck Fire signaled the start of returning fire to the wilderness for the USDA Forest Service. Forty-three years later, the wisdom of allowing perhaps the most important of the “forces of nature” to prevail has been proven time and again. While climate change challenges fire managers across the globe, where fires have been allowed to roam freely, ecosystems are better prepared. Early lessons learned by allowing fires to burn in wilderness have changed the way federal agencies manage fires on all lands. Fire is an important natural disturbance that allowed to function as nature intended helps reduce fuel loads and reduces the frequency and severity of future fires.

Citation: Campbell, D.; Mutch, R.W. 2016. Time shows wisdom of letting some wilderness fires roam freely. Journal of Forestry. 114(3): 418-419. https://doi.org/10.5849/jof.15-122
Topic(s): Fire & Wilderness
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Hot Topic(s): Wilderness Fire
NRFSN number: 14472
Record updated: Sep 23, 2021